Budget Bride Tip for June 14: Rent a summer camp for your reception
We’re celebrating the month of June with a daily tip from savvy brides who saved big bucks on the wedding of their dreams. But today we’re going to change things up a bit and offer advice from a groom.
Justin and Genevieve Gaynor didn't want just any old hotel reception. They wanted something affordable and meaningful.
So they turned to Camp Green Lane in Green Lane, Pa. It's a summer camp that borders the home of the parents of Genevieve, 26, a documentary film editor.
"We rented out the entire summer camp for 24 hours," says Justin, 28, an iPhone and iPad apps developer.
They paid $4,000 to use all of the camp’s facilities, including a rustic wood-paneled dining hall for the reception and wedding dinner as well as lodging for their guests.
That’s not much more than the average cost for renting a reception location -- $3,228 last year, according to The Wedding Report, a wedding industry research company
"This was very affordable and very different because it allowed us to have our friends stay overnight at the camp in cabins,” Justin says. “Instead of a traditional after-party, we had a bonfire outside along the lake."
It also led to a business opportunity.
Instead of renting a photo booth, which Justin had priced at $1,000 to $3,000, he created one on his iPad. It was such a hit that he now sells it as an app in the iPhone store for $10 (www.weddingboothapp.com).
"I provide them with instructions on how to build a very easy and very cheap physical booth for it as well out of PVC and curtains," he says.
Here are Justin and Genevieve, in her wedding gown, at the reception on Oct. 8, 2011 ...
These are some of the cabins where their guests spent the night ...
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Thanks to Justin's brother, Jonathan Gaynor, for providing these photos.